Station Avenue, Kew

From a Conservation Area Study (Kew Road/Kew Gardens) by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames:

“…The industrial works along Station Avenue are of considerable historical importance…Station Avenue, which is approached through an archway under the first floor of a building, consists of a cul-de-sac of well detailed lateVictorian workshops. These form a cohesive group with Station Approach and the station buildings. The site is important as it housed the site of the invention of artificial silk known as viscose, and later, rayon (and the first known production site for viscose in the world); therefore it is of considerable industrial archaeological interest. The redevelopment of this area for mixed business and residential use has now been successfully completed and it remains an area of much architectural merit and therefore worthy of careful and considered treatment.”

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